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Scaphiopus couchii (Couch's spadefoot). Predation

Herpetological Review

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Abstract

The observation described in this note appears to be the first record of ant predation upon anuran eggs. At an ephemeral pool in Big Bend National Park, Texas, we observed ants (Forelius mccooki) walking along a blade of grass onto the gelatin of a Couch?s spadefoot (Scaphiopus couchii) egg mass on the water surface. The ants had eaten through the gelatinous envelope and were harvesting the ovum and returning to their nest.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Scaphiopus couchii (Couch's spadefoot). Predation
Series title:
Herpetological Review
Volume
30
Issue:
3
Year Published:
1999
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
164
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Herpetological Review
First page:
164